Talc, a mineral that is made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen as a powder, it can help cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes and it absorbs moisture well. In products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders it is widely used in cosmetic, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

People these day use Baby powder or other Talc-based powders every day. You should stop now if you use baby powder because you heard that it may make you look younger or soften your skin, because it is shown that this powder increases risk of developing an Ovarian Cancer.

Using This Powder Causes Ovarian Cancer

All stores say that their product is safe for women and children. But as recent research shows that this is not true. You have increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 33% if you are using Talc-based powders.

As a result of baby powder use as many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year. Causing inflammation and creating an environment conducive to the growth of cancer cells talc particles may remain in the ovaries for many years.

Studies in people

Ovarian cancer

If the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary it has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries.

Some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase. Findings have been mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase. Many case-control studies have found a small increase in risk.Two prospective cohort studies, which would not have the same type of potential bias, have not found an increased risk.

If there is an increased risk for any individual woman, the overall increase is likely to very be small. It is important to determine if the increased risk is real still, talc is widely used in many products, so research in this area continues.

Lung cancer

Some studies of talc miners and millers have suggested an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, while others have found no increase in lung cancer risk. The fact that talc in its natural form can contain varying amounts of asbestos and other minerals, unlike the purified talc in consumer products have complicated these studies

No increased risk of lung cancer has been reported with the use of cosmetic talcum powder.

Other cancers

Although not all possible links with other cancers have been studied extensively, talc use has not been strongly linked to other cancers.

Genital talcum powder use may slightly increase the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer in women who are past menopause suggested one study. But other studies have not found such a link.

A possible link between inhaled talc exposure at work and other cancers, such as stomach cancer has been researched. But there is no strong evidence of such links at this time.

Can I reduce my exposure to talcum powder?

It is not very clear if consumer products containing talcum powder increase cancer risk. Although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk, studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results. There is very little evidence at this time that any other forms of cancer are linked with consumer use of talcum powder.

People concerned about using talcum powder may want to avoid or limit their use of consumer products that contain it until more information is available may want to consider using cornstarch-based cosmetic products instead. There is no evidence at this time linking cornstarch powders with any form of cancer.

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Talc, a mineral that is made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen as a powder, it can help cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes and it absorbs moisture well. In products such as baby powder and...